Honors Explorations Courses
Honors explorations courses are topic-based general education courses taught by faculty in their particular areas of interest and expertise. Honors students are required to complete three honors explorations courses in different areas. Below is a list of upcoming course offerings.
Religions of Iowa (HONR 230: Humanities)
Dr. Swasti Bhattacharyya
Assoc. Professor of Religion
Most people the world over know that Iowa is part of the heartland of the USA and home to agriculture and agribusiness. However, few, even within Iowa itself, are aware of the rich diversity of religious traditions growing throughout the state. Cedar Rapids is home of the “mother Mosque:” the first mosque in the country. Rocks and people have traveled from all over the world to be a part of, and see, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend. For the past 25 years, Postville has been home to a group of Hasidic Jews and Maharishi Vedic City (incorporated in 2001) is an Iowan town whose name is grounded in ancient religious traditions from India. These are but a few examples of the diverse religious traditions that have taken root in Iowa. In this course, beginning with the Buddhist temple in our own back yard, through reading primary and secondary texts, films, and actual visits to a number of religious centers in Iowa, we will engage the diverse voices of the men and women who practice their religious beliefs within our state.
HONR 220: Honors Science (Topic TBD)
HONR 200: Fine Arts (Topic TBD)
Prof. David Boelter
Assoc. Professor of Art
Textiles, Economies, & Cultures (HONR 210: Social Science)
Dr. Inez Schaechterle
Assoc. Professor of English
It might not seem so when we throw on some sweats before an early morning class, but clothing and textiles reflect our culture in ways few other consumer items can approach. From the first sewing needles (63,000 years ago) to industrial looms, from $20 jeans to $15,000 Oscar gowns to fabrics used to stabilize roadbeds, textiles express and often drive individual, cultural, technical, political, and economic development. In this course, we will explore these five factors by learning the history of dress, tracing the science and politics of the textile industry, and examining the role clothing production plays in developing economies.